While this book is not one of the best of the Aubrey/Maturin series, you should not miss it. It has one of the most memorable chase scenes in any of the books, that between the Leopard and the Dutch 74 gun Waakzaamheid. The book also establishes the vast difference between Jack Aubrey ashore (a dolt) and Jack Aubrey afloat (a genius). If you skip this book, you will have missed a great listen.
The combination of Patrick O'Brian's writing and Patrick Tull's narration make the Aubrey/Maturin series absolutely wonderful, a perfect storm of the written and spoken language. I have read all of the original 20 novels, and was saddened when Patrick O'Brian died because it meant that there would be no more adventures. However, listening to Patrick Tull narrate these stories is like discovering them all over again. These are the best audio books I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
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